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Alaska's Governor Eager To Expand Medicaid

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:28am

The state's last top guy was hostile to Obamacare. But Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, sees Medicaid expansion as a cost-effective no-brainer. Can he convince Republicans in Alaska's legislature?

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President's Task Force To Re-Examine How Police Interact With Public

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:26am

Tensions between police and communities of color are grabbing the nation's attention — all the way up to the White House. The Obama administration has announced a new task force to tackle the problem.

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Argentina's Approach To Inflation: Ditch The Peso, Hoard U.S. Dollars

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:24am

The country's inflation rate is running around 40 percent this year, according to private economists. As a hedge, Argentines are always looking for ways to get their hands on U.S. dollars.

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Painting Or Photograph? With Richard Estes, It's Hard To Tell

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:21am

The American artist starts by taking dozens of photos of the same thing. Then he paints it, staying as faithful to photos as he can. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has an exhibition of his work.

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Prolific Prescribers Of Controlled Substances Face Medicare Scrutiny

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:00am

In the face of abuse concerns, Medicare covered more prescriptions for potent controlled substances in 2012 than in 2011. Top prescribers often have faced disciplinary action or criminal charges.

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Element Of Marriage Proposal Damages Building

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:04am

A Dutchman planned to use a crane to perch himself outside his girlfriend's window. He wanted to serenade her before popping the question. Even though the crane tipped over, she said yes.

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Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Found At Buckingham Palace

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:58am

The royals, however, won't be eating them. A palace spokesperson said, "fungi from the garden are not used in the palace kitchens."

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YY Changes Its Tune After Karaoke Is A Hit

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

Chinese social network site YY originally allowed customers to watch other people play video games, but users realized the site had more potential. It could be a place to perform virtual karaoke.

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For This Holiday Season, Old Toys Are New Again

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

What toys are most in demand this holiday season? Toy analyst Sean McGowen follows the industry and tells David Greene what's hot, and what toys have made a comeback.

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Why Some Scientific Collaborations Are More Beneficial Than Others

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.

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Politics In The News

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

Over the weekend Congress voted on measures to keep the government running. While members of the House and Senate were trying to get out of the nation's capital for the holidays, some lawmakers alienated colleagues by trying to sink the bills with roadblocks to draw attention to their issues.

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Haiti's President Searches For Next Prime Minister

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe's resignation may be too late to repair the political damage to the president. Protests have increased over long overdue elections and allegations of corruption.

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Nations Agree To Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

In Lima, Peru, almost all of the world's governments agreed on a document meant to galvanize efforts to curb climate change. While the outcome was modest, it did establish some important principles.

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Texas Braces For A Drop In Production After Oil Prices Fall

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

Oil production has been booming in Texas, fueled by technological advances. But the fall in oil prices will slow things down. The coming year is likely to see a weeding out of the weakest producers.

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Should Special Prosecutors Investigate Killings By Police?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

In New York, the state's attorney general wants the power to appoint special prosecutors in cases of killings by police. But many police officers and DAs don't like the idea.

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EPA Deems Montana City An Environmentally Safe Place To Live

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

The city of Libby was home to a mine that blanketed residents in asbestos dust for decades. After years of cleanup, the Environmental Protection Agency now says most of the risk is gone.

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"Warning Shot": Sen. Elizabeth Warren On Fighting The Banks, And Her Political Future

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:19am

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, took a passionate stand against a provision in the spending bill that rolls back a major part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation.

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Sen. Warren Warns That Spending Bill Sets Dangerous Precedent

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:19am

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, took a passionate stand against a provision in the spending bill that rolls back a major part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation.

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Around-The-World Trek Hits Obstacles Both Natural And Man-Made

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:31am

Journalist Paul Salopek's long walk recently brought him face to face with the possibility of losing his toes to frostbite — and with one of the largest mass migrations in modern history.

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Trek Around The World Marked By Obstacles Both Natural And Man-Made

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:31am

Journalist Paul Salopek's seven year trek has recently brought him face-to-face with the possibility of losing his toes to frostbite — and with one of the largest mass migrations in modern history.

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